GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:
Except for the prosecution internship, the position is primarily a legal research and writing position, in which the students will receive a variety of short term assignments. In addition to these general assignments, we hope to involve the student in cases involving prosecution of City ordinance violations, assistance to a City board or commission, and drafting of an ordinance or legal opinion for a City department. The types of issues that the student may encounter are difficult to predict, but run the gamut from affirmative action to zoning, including employment law, evidentiary questions, interpretation of statutes and ordinances, open meetings and public records law. The prosecution intern will focus on prosecution of municipal ordinance violations.
Advantages of Internship: Our program offers the student experience in a wide variety of practice areas including employment law, trial issues, constitutional law, land use law, civil rights, open meetings, and administrative law. It also provides an opportunity to develop legal research and writing skills through practical application. The student will be working on issues involving the operation of City government, which will assist in gaining a better understanding of Wisconsin's local government.
Internship Work Assignment Process: The student will have the opportunity to work with the OCA attorneys. The City Attorney supervises the Internship Program, and he and other staff will assign projects to insure an even workload and a variety of assignments. The attorney on whose project the student is working will be available to answer questions and provide guidance and mentoring. Upon completion, the attorney will provide the student with constructive feedback and/or suggestions. Our office maintains a relaxed, informal environment, and the students are encouraged to discuss any questions or issues they may have with the attorneys or other staff.